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Year 5 – Escher and Klimt

Welcome to Year 5.  Our teaching staff are Mr Franklin (Klimt) and Miss Lee (Escher). Our teaching assistants are Miss Barimah, Mr Cain, Miss Hamilton-Mason and Mrs Parvez.

Summer Term 2022

This term, our enquiry question is:

Could the geography of Central America cause the Mayan civilisation to disappear?

Through our study of North America last term, the children will be able to identify that Central America actually resides within this continent and already have obtained some locational knowledge of this area. Through our enquiry question ‘Could the geography of Central America cause the Mayan civilisation to disappear?’ we shall be exploring the countries in greater detail, their capitals, their climate zones and how this influenced the Mayan way of living. They will also study the Mayan number system, their way of living and if there are still descendants living in Central America.  Within this term, we will also research the physical and human features within Central America and how the environment affected people living there.

They will once again, be making connections with their Literacy and Theme work, exploring the text of The Chocolate Tree. This is a Mayan folktale and describes how the Mayan civilisation were introduced to chocolate. It will introduce the children to the Mayan king and allow them to gain an understanding of the beliefs the Mayan people held. The story also explores the idea of does good triumph over evil.  This term we will be continuing to focus and develop their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The children will continue to explore a range of texts and writing their own narratives, persuasive letters and speeches.

In Maths this term, we will be taking a deep dive into word problems, breaking down the language and understanding the operations required to solve these, as well as revising a variety of topics previously covered within problem solving. The children’s multiplication knowledge has developed greatly over the past term. Therefore, we will be continuing to practise their times tables on a daily basis at the beginning of our maths lessons as well as in morning activities. We encourage the frequent revision of these at home through the use of TT Rockstars as well as in the classroom.

Our Science topic this term will be Earth and Space. We will be learning new scientific vocabulary relating to this, as well as having a deeper understanding of the solar system, the wonders of the universe and the unknown.

In PE, the children will continue on building and developing their skills, communication, teamwork, participation and progress through the skills and techniques used in Cricket. They will also be learning a range of new skills in Athletics, including the understanding of the need for pace, stamina and agility within this sport. The children will be given many more opportunities this summer term to attempt other sports externally, including kayaking.

Spring Term 2022

This term, our enquiry question is:

Is there more to North America than just the USA & Disneyland?

Through our enquiry question ‘Is there more to North America than just the USA & Disneyland?’ we shall be developing our locational knowledge, identifying the countries, their capitals and their climate zones. The children will gain a greater understanding of the various climates throughout the continent and broaden their geographical terminology through reasoning and their presentational skills. Within this term, we will also research the physical and human features within the continent and how these features entice tourism.

They will be making connections with their Literacy and Theme work, exploring the text of Queen of the Falls by Chris Van Allsburg. This tells the recount of a true story back in 1901, of a Widowed lady named Annie Edson Taylor, a once teacher of etiquette who became the country’s daredevil and went over the Niagara Falls in a barrel…And survived! This term we will be continuing to focus and develop their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The children will continue to explore a range of texts and writing their own narratives, diary entries, poems and biographies.

In Maths this term, we will be continuing to develop our knowledge within fractions, this time through multiplication and problem solving. We will then be moving to perimeter and area, volume and measurements. The children will be continuing to practise their times tables on a daily basis at the beginning of our maths lessons as well as in morning activities, to ensure that they are confident and fluent up to the 12x tables by the end of the academic year.

Our Science topic this term will be Forces. We will be learning new scientific vocabulary relating to this, as well as making predictions and discussing results in a variety of experiments. The practical nature of science lessons means the children will be hands on with a range of objects allowing them to develop their independence and enquiry skills.

In PE, the children will continue on building and developing their skills, communication, teamwork, participation and progress through the skills and techniques used in Handball. They will also be taking part in Dance, learning a variety of skills which will focus on developing co-ordination and technique, with the main movement inspired by a Rugby movement known as ‘The Hacker’.

Autumn Term 2021

This term our enquiry question is:

Who got what in the struggle for England?

Through our enquiry question: Who got what in the struggle for England? We shall be building our historical knowledge through timelines and providing the children with an understanding of this era. By using enquiry based learning they will have opportunities to research and engage with the local environment. The pupils will be exploring the mystery of the Saxon Grave and the burial of the Staffordshire Hoard, as well as the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England.  

They will be making connections with their Literacy and Theme work, exploring the text of Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo. This explores the Viking and Anglo-Saxon period in fifth century Denmark and focuses on the monstrous character the Beowulf. This term we will be focusing and developing their grammar, spelling and punctuation. The children will be exploring a range of texts (including visual) and writing their own narratives, diary entries and poems.

 In Maths this term we will be revising and building on the four operations and consolidating our knowledge of place value. We shall be revisiting a variety of methods for the operations and using a range of manipulatives to support them in their understanding. The children will be continuing to practise their times tables on a daily basis at the beginning of our maths lessons, to ensure that they are confident and fluent up to the 12x tables by the end of the academic year.

Our topic for Science this term will be properties and changes in materials. We will be learning new scientific vocabulary relating to states of matter, as well as making predictions and discussing results in a variety of experiments. The practical nature of science lessons means the children will be hands on with a range of objects, allowing them to develop their independence and enquiry skills.

The children will focus on building skills, communication, teamwork, participation and progress through the skills and techniques used in Tag Rugby. They will also be taking part in indoor athletics learning a variety of skills which will focus on developing co-ordination and technique.